Webinar: Services Domestic Regulation

The Institute for International Trades (IIT’s) Jean Monnet Network; Trade & Investment in Services Associates (TIISA) invite you to join leading experts for an interactive webinar discussing the following topic: WTO Joint Initiative on Services Domestic Regulation 

Services trade accounts for half of global trade but the costs of trading services are twice as high as trade costs for goods. Most of these costs arise from regulatory divergence, as well as opaque regulations and cumbersome procedures.

Through the WTO Joint Initiative on Services Domestic Regulation, a group of more than 60 WTO members are developing disciplines to mitigate the unintended trade restrictive effects of measures relating to licensing and qualification requirements and procedures, as well as technical standards.

Event co-hosted by

Institute for International Trade, The University of Adelaide

Australian Services Roundtable

European Services Forum

Asia Pacific Services Coalition

Date:

Thursday 6 May, 2021

Time:

Adelaide – 6.00pm
Bangkok – 3.30pm
Geneva – 10.30am
Hong Kong – 4.30pm
Jakarta – 3.30pm
Manila – 4.30pm
Singapore – 4.30pm
Sydney – 6.30pm
Taipei – 4.30pm
Tokyo – 5.30pm

Moderator

Stuart Harbinson, Hong Kong Services Coalition, Geneva Representative

Key Note Speaker

Jaime Coghi Arias, Coordinator of the JI on Services Domestic Regulation; Deputy Department Representative, Delegation of Cost Rica to the WTO

Discussants

Prewprae Chumrum, Bureau of Services and Investment Negotiations, Thai Ministry of Commerce tbc

Pascal Kerneis, Managing Director, European Services Forum, Brussels

Kiyotaka Morita, Deputy Director, International Affairs Bureau, Keidanren

Roy Chun Lee, Deputy Executive Director, Taiwan WTO and RTA Centre, Chinese Taipei

Devi Ariyani, Executive Director, Indonesian Services Dialogue

Jason Lee, Director, International Policy & Engagement, Singapore Business Federation

Jane Drake-Brockman, Industry Professor & Director, Australian Services Roundtable

Eduardo Pedrosa, Secretary-General, Pacific Economic Cooperation Council

Patrick Chua, Philippine Services Coalition & Coordinator, Asia Pacific Services Coalition

Markus Jelitto, WTO Secretariat

Event Sponsor GLOBAL SERVICES COALITION 

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Policy Brief: Services Trade Governance in the Digital Economy

Hildegunn Kyvik Nordås  – Senior Associate at CEP (Council on Economics Policies)

Services are at the frontier of the transformation to a digital economy. R&D as well as information and communication technology drive the transformation and make services more tradable across borders. The General Agreement on Trade in Services (GATS) governing global services trade was designed in the 1980s, before the Internet became a commercial marketplace. This policy brief argues that the architecture of the GATS needs to be reformed to serve its purpose of setting and implementing the rules of global trade in services. It also draws lessons from recent free trade agreements and discusses the role of national governments and regulatory bodies, trade agreements, and the World Trade Organization (WTO) in governing services trade.

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Research Grants ROUND 4

TIISA is now offering Round 4 funding for Research Grants.

These grants provide €500 – €5000 to support research in the field of trade and investment in services, which interalia improves knowledge of or contributes new findings relevant to the process of European economic integration in services.

Closing date for applications: Monday 3rd May 2021

Eligible Applicants:
PhD Students or Potential PhD Qualifying Students (must be sponsored by a TIISA participant)
Post Doc and Early Career Researchers from TIISA participant institutions
TIISA Associates and their extended network (must be sponsored by a TIISA participant)

Targeted research themes include:

· Services trade and investment policy-making and implementation

· Digital aspects of the EU Services Directive and single market and the implications for harmonisation of domestic regulation across the EU Member States

· Best practice in managing global and regional mobility of services providers

· EU approach to Investor/State Dispute Settlement

· Regional integration of trade in services

· Best practice Principles for domestic regulation of services

· Intellectual property issues in services trade and investment flows

· Future governance of trade and investment in services and/or cross-border data flows

· Digitisation of services, including in response to the Covid-19 pandemic

· Impact of Covid-19 Pandemic on global and EU trade in services

· Digital trade and e-commerce

· This grant scheme is designed to help establish cross-economy collaborative and institutional networks including with junior scholars and facilitate the transfer of research expertise and mentoring.

It is oriented to producing high-quality research outputs, develop enduring research connections, and facilitate the development of meaningful links between people and institutions with mutual research interests in the fields of trade and investment in services and EU economic integration studies. Research outcomes are expected to be published in edited volumes or peer-reviewed journals as well as the TIISA Working Paper series (see http://www.tiisa.org) and circulated to the broader public through the Jean Monnet TIISA Network websites.

Research-Grant-Application-Round 4.pdf

Young Scholars – Paper Award Round 3

TIISA is now offering Round 3 funding for Young Scholars Paper Award.

Submissions due no later than Friday 30th July 2021

Eligible candidates
PhD and PhD-equivalent Students, Young Professionals and Early Career Researchers

Eligibility

  • The paper must address issues related to international trade and investment in services. Where possible, it is anticipated that the issues will have relevance to the process of economic integration in services and to be relevant to current issues in the European Union.
  • The author(s) of the paper should possess or be engaged in the process of gaining a PhD or PhD-equivalent degree, be a young professional or a researcher at an early stage of their career. Applicants will be asked to provide a statement from their supervisor or a senior colleague to establish that this condition is met.
  • In the case of co-authored papers, this requirement shall apply to at least one author.
  • To be considered for the award, essays cannot exceed 10,000 words.

Information for applicants

  • The topic of the paper will have some relevance for or application to the process of economic integration in services, including in the European Union.
  • The Award is offered once every six months.
  • Papers submitted must not yet be published in a formal manner (for example, in a book or journal, including an online journal), nor yet submitted for publication. The winning papers must be available to be published as a TIISA Discussion Paper or TIISA Working Paper on www.tiisa.org
  • The winner will receive a certificate and commendation to the effect that they are winner of the award. The winner will be asked to note this award when the paper is published in any subsequent format.
  • The winner will also receive a payment of Euros 5,000. In the case of a co-authored paper, the award will be equally divided among the authors.
  • In addition,
    • a second runner-up award may be granted of Euros 3,000 and
    • a third award may be granted of Euros 2,000.

Submissions

Submissions should include as separate attachments in PDF format:

  1. The written paper
  2. The CV of the author(s), specifying (i) date of birth of the author[s] (ii) current affiliation(s), (iii) where relevant the academic institution awarding the PhD, (iv) where relevant the year (or the expected year) of the PhD.
  3. Supporting letter from a supervisor or senior colleague.
  4. Email your application form to sarah.warner.

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Putting the comprehensive Agreement on Investment (CAI) into perspective: Five Key Points

Opinion Piece by Bryan Mercurio is Simon F.S. Li Professor of Law at the Chinese University of Hong Kong

On 30 December 2020, the European Union (EU) and China ‘in principle’ concluded negotiations on a Comprehensive Agreement on Investment (CAI) .
The European Commission published the text of the CAI on 22 January 2021. The agreement has been welcomed by the business community but criticised by civil society and the United States (US).

This brief article does not attempt to analyse the entirety of the agreement but instead makes five points.

1) The CAI is a unique agreement (that creates unique challenges)

2) The agreement will not dramatically change the landscape for European investors and service providers

3) Sustainable development provisions will not change the landscape in China, nor should they be expected to do so

4) China benefits from the CAI in subtle ways

5) Cooperation or confrontation with the US?

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TIISA Young Scholar Paper Award – Round 2

The TIISA Network is now offering Round 2 of the Young Scholar Paper Awards.

ELIGIBLE CANDIDATES:

PhD and PhD-equivalent Students, Young Professionals and Early Career Researchers

ELIGIBILITY:

  • The paper must address issues related to international trade and investment in services.  Where possible, it is anticipated that the issues will have relevance to the process of economic integration in services and to be relevant to current issues in the European Union.
  • The author(s) of the paper should possess or be engaged in the process of gaining a PhD or PhD-equivalent degree, be a young professional or a researcher at an early stage of their career.  Applicants will be asked to provide a statement from their supervisor or a senior colleague to establish that this condition is met.
  • In the case of co-authored papers, this requirement shall apply to at least one author.
  • To be considered for the award, essays cannot exceed 10,000 words.

INFORMATION FOR APPLICANTS:

  • The topic of the paper will have some relevance for or application to the process of economic integration in services, including in the European Union.
  • Papers submitted must not yet be published in a formal manner (for example, in a book or journal, including an online journal), nor yet submitted for publication.  The winning papers must be available to be published as a TIISA Discussion Paper or TIISA Working Paper on tiisa.org
  • The winner will receive a certificate and commendation to the effect that they are winner of the award.  The winner will be asked to note this award when the paper is published in any subsequent format.
  • The winner will also receive a payment of Euros 5,000. In the case of a co-authored paper, the award will be equally divided among the authors.
    • In addition,
      a second runner-up award may be granted of Euros 3,000
      a third award may be granted of Euros 2,000.

SUBMISSIONS:

Submissions should include as separate attachments in PDF format:

  1. The written paper
  2. The CV of the author(s), specifying (i) date of birth of the author[s] (ii) current affiliation(s), (iii) where relevant the academic institution awarding the PhD, (iv) where relevant the year (or the expected year) of the PhD.
  3. Supporting letter from a supervisor or senior colleague.
  4. Email your application form to sarah.warner@adelaide.edu.au.

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TIISA 2020 PhD Workshop

Leading services experts from across the globe, along with Post Graduate students worldwide came together in TIISA’s 2020 first online PhD Workshop. Discussions and presentations in relation to the impact of “servicification” available below.

Co-hosted with University of International Business and Economics’ China Institute for WTO Studies and The University of Adelaide’s Institute for international Trade (IIT)

Day 1: PhD Workshop and presentations

Harry Wardana – Institute for International Trade, The University of Adelaide
Reversal of trade liberalization and emerging market firms’ exports
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Hongxu Yang – Central University of Finance and Economics, China
Servicification of Manufacturing Firms: Evidence from China
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Nicholas Frank – Australian National University
The political economy of PTA services-related governance: a network approach
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Day 2: Online Teaching Masterclass

The launch of “Online Teaching Masterclasses” lead by Professor Jane Drake-Brockman – Institute for International Trade, The University of Adelaide.
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